Elderly people are extremely sensitive; care about time and things like love and respect we younger generation take for granted. I did witness it myself through my very close relative that they do like collecting stuff which in most cases are useless or unnecessary. But we do not need or see no value in them, yet they see otherwise. This is why “The Tomorrow Man” was an interesting piece for me to watch and see, whether it truly captures two people’s journey in a way it could occur in a real life.
Ed Hemsler (John Lithgow) is too paranoid about the end of the world. In fact, this whole idea is sitting so deep in his mind that it forced him to create an on-ground bunker with all the necessities needed to survive a few months if not more. He meets Ronnie Meisner (Blythe Danner), a lonely woman who shops in the same store. At first, he was amazed by her beauty but he then realizes that they both buy the same things they may never use in their entire life. That encounter begins a new journey for them, yet, without putting tomorrow behind.
Written and directed by Noble Jones, “The Tomorrow Man” has an interesting approach telling the love story between two grown-ups who, just like teenagers, try to learn to take their first steps towards each other. One problem though is that Ed keeps thinking of the idea that doomsday is approaching quickly, and that is what slows him down from enjoying the moment he gets with Ronnie, which eventually creates that strange tension between them. But that tension sometimes works both ways, when Ronnie realizes that Ed needs someone to be with him, love him before and after the end of the world.
“The Tomorrow Man” is not without faults like every other film. But it is a cute and harmless story of two people who spend all their money for certain things we younger generation will never understand but eventually will when we begin doing the same things when we reach their age (trust me, there is no workaround for that). Other than that, it does serve its purpose – it’s a funny, well-balanced drama about two individuals almost from two different worlds, after colliding together, whether they want it or not, will generate a storm whose result none of us would like to stand in front of to observe it.